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Blessing of the babies ceremony to take place in Portlaoise this weekend

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Council Community Home News Community Blessing of the babies ceremony to take place in Portlaoise this weekend NewsCommunity WhatsApp Blessing of the babies ceremony to take place in Portlaoise this weekend Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year TAGSBlessing of the Babies Twittercenter_img Facebook The annual Blessing of Babies service looks set to draw the crowds in Portlaoise this weekend.Babies will be blessed in Portlaoise Parish Church, as part of the annual Feast of the Baptism, January 13.Last year, over 300 people attended the popular service when Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty oversaw the blessing ceremony.“You are breathing new life into a community and it’s a wonderful thing,” said Bishop Nulty to the parents in last year’s attendance.The bishop was joined on the alter by Fr Paddy Byrne, Fr David Vard and Fr Tom O’Connor. Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleEason Spelling Bee looking for Laois participants for ninth annual competitionNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, January 12, 2019 Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter By Siun Lennon – 12th January 2019 Facebook Fr Paddy told the congregation that “becoming a parent is the greatest vocation of all”.Over 350 babies were christened in Portlaoise Parish in 2017, and large numbers are expected again at this year’s blessing.The Blessing of the Babies takes place at 2pm.SEE ALSO – ‘It’s a dream come true’ – Portlaoise Panthers chairman speaks about excitement national cup semi-finalslast_img read more

Youth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says that Jamaica Day, which celebrates Jamaica’s history and its achievements, is not only important but vital, especially to the younger generation. “A lot of our children at the primary and secondary school levels are not really clear on some of the battles that had to be fought to get us here. Many of them have taken for granted the issues that we contended with in slavery,” she told JIS News in an interview. Jamaica Day, which was proclaimed by the Governor-General in 2010, will be celebrated Friday Feb. 17 by Jamaicans across the island under the theme, ‘Celebrating Jamaica: Goals for Gold’.  The celebrations will involve three major features – a flag-raising and recognition ceremony, a street parade, and an old-fashioned penny concert at the National Heroes Park in Kingston. Activities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the flag-raising ceremony at National Heroes Park, Kingston, where Minister Hanna will declare the Day open. Apart from that event, the Minister will also participate in activities at several primary schools. She said that young people should be constantly reminded about the struggles that the ancestors faced, as well as the achievements that have come out of those conflicts. She is also hoping that the day will not only inspire young people, but set an example of what is important. The Minister mentioned various values and attitudes that need to be instilled in the youth of Jamaica, and emphasised that the country is not going to progress if there is an “I concept,” instead of a “we concept.” “Those are the kinds of values that are important; the values of productivity and recognising that it is not about leaving Jamaica, but it is really about staying and continuing the fine tradition that we have achieved,” she said. Exploring the theme for Jamaica Day, she said that young Jamaicans must develop that mentality where they appreciate that, “nothing in life comes easy or happens overnight.” “You have to really plan for what you want and really pursue excellence, and those are some of the hallmarks and trademarks of those who have gone ahead and done well in athletics, in politics, in academia and in culture, and they (young people)  need to recognise those examples and be inspired by them,” she said. Minister Hanna said there are many persons who set good examples for youth, and who have prevailed under difficult circumstances. “The woman who works in the hospital for the last 30 years of her life and has sent all her six children to University; the person in the community who takes children in and teaches them how to read, those are persons who also make up Jamaica and gave us our proud heritage. There is also that community spirit in rural areas, when the communities come together and help people dig graves and when farmers get-together to work on each other’s plots,” she said. “Those are the things that children need to understand that make us supremely Jamaican, that really give us a special type of brand that no one else in the world can replicate,” the Minister added. RelatedYouth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day RelatedYouth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day RelatedYouth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Daycenter_img Youth Minister Emphasises Importance of Jamaica Day CultureFebruary 17, 2012 Advertisementslast_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass Announces 8-Concert Livestream Series, “Leap Year Sessions” [Video]

first_imgFollowing their surprise free concert livestream on Wednesday, Greenksy Bluegrass has announced the “Leap Year Sessions,” a series of concert streams taking place every Friday night throughout the months of August and September.Much like the free stream earlier this week, the Greensky Bluegrass “Leap Year Sessions” will be filmed and produced in 4K by 201 Productions (most widely known for their extensive work capturing LivePhish) and delivered via HYFI, a tech-savvy new platform delivering content in stunning 4K HDR with remarkable high definition audio.As the band notes in their announcement on Instagram, “As the uncertain future of live music in its traditional format remains in limbo due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we’ve gone to great lengths to safely gather and record these very special performances with full production.”The series, named for the band’s If Sorrows Swim track, “Leap Year”, also serves as an appropriately tongue-in-cheek reference to the chaotic Leap Year in which we find ourselves. Never before have the lyrics rang so true: “How can one more day make a year so long?”As dobro player Anders Beck added along with the announcement, “After months of being apart from each other, the feeling of playing music with my band of brothers is nothing short of pure joy. The real icing on the cake is that we get to pump these shows into your living rooms in super high definition. We can’t wait to be with you again!”Added mandolinist Paul Hoffman, “It’s alive. In a venue. With lights and speakers. It’s been over one hundred days since we played music together. Longer than ever. It feels so great to play again. We wish you all could be here, but for now, we’ll come to you. Tune in. Friday night is back.”Brenton Henry, President of HYFI said, “We set out to build HYFI not only to connect artists with their fans, but also to allow artists to reconnect with each other. We saw that loud and clear on Wednesday. Delivering these high-quality experiences lets us tell fans this is the minimum to expect from us, so we can charge a reasonable fee for access and allow us to support these artists and their crews in a meaningful way.”Individual shows are available for $14.99, or you can grab a subscription to all eight performances for a discounted bundled price of $99.99. Additionally, a limited edition merchandise line to accompanythe series is now available for pre-order.For more information or to order your streaming passes for single shows or the whole Greensky Bluegrass “Leap Year Sessions” series, head here.last_img read more

Race2Rebuild is key charity partner for inaugural Brooklyn Triathlon

first_img Related The Brooklyn Triathlon has named Race2Rebuild the event’s key charity partner for this year’s inaugural event on 10 November 2013. The Brooklyn Triathlon will take place in the heart of Brooklyn in Coney Island; and the partnership with Race2Rebuild will raise funds for Rebuilding Together’s Hurricane Sandy rebuilding projects.Athletes will have the opportunity to fundraise with Crowdrise and achieve exclusive rewards, such as coupons for Champion System custom apparel and a limited edition Brooklyn Triathlon custom jersey. Athletes will also have a chance to bid to race on a relay with entertainment industry celebrities, Olympians and national champions.“We are thrilled for this unique opportunity for the Brooklyn Triathlon to partner with an organization that will directly bring positive change to the race area and its community,” said Jack Caress, CEO of Pacific Sports.“One of the best features of this inaugural triathlon is the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for an organization like Race2Rebuild. It is the perfect choice for a race at Coney Island.” Race2Rebuild was founded by a team of volunteer athletes and has raised thousands of dollars to support rebuilding efforts. Following each race, the athletes volunteer with Rebuilding Together and participate in the rebuilding process. In the field of charity racing, it is extremely rare to provide a direct connection between the athlete, donor and the cause.“We are deeply honoured to be a part of the Brooklyn Triathlon,” said Sarah Hartmann, founder of Race2Rebuild. “This race will make a huge difference in the community’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy by supporting the work of Rebuilding Together. Crossing the finish line on the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk will truly be a life-changing event.”The Brooklyn Triathlon is set to be a destination event and is pure Brooklyn in every aspect. The race has been designed to celebrate the community, the local iconic sites across Brooklyn and its famous food and people. Athletes will have the opportunity to see homes rebuilt in the Coney Island community by Rebuilding Together.Champion System, with its US Headquarters in Brooklyn, is a sponsor of the race and is likewise honoured to be a part of Race2Rebuild’s efforts.“All of the employees in our office lived through Hurricane Sandy,” said Scott Kaylin, one of the founders of Champion System. “Being a part of Race2Rebuild through the Brooklyn Triathlon and directly helping Hurricane Sandy victims means a great deal to us as a company. This is an iconic event doing good right here in our community.”“Brooklyn Triathlon is thrilled to have a variety of athletes and personalities coming together as relays and give a once in a lifetime chance to race alongside these individuals,” Caress added. Some of the confirmed professional athletes include the reigning US Time Trial Champion Tom Zirbel, 2-time US National Triathlon Champion and US Olympian Matty Reed, and TV and film star Bryan Greenberg.www.brooklyn-triathlon.comwww.race2rebuild.orgwww.RebuildingTogether.orgwww.pacificsportsllc.comlast_img read more

Legal Reforms Coming, But Where Is The Money?

first_imgAs proponents of the changes to criminal procedure law coming January 1 across New York state are urging full speed ahead, some district attorneys and police departments are saying, “Show me the money.”However, according to Khalil Cumberbatch, the chief strategist for New Yorkers United for Justice, one of the advocacy groups that pushed for the change, the reforms will actually end up paying for themselves.While the elimination of bail for almost all crimes has gotten the bulk of the attention in the media, it is another aspect of the reforms that has local jurisdictions searching for funds. That reform involves the discovery process, the procedure through which a prosecutor shares a list of witnesses and evidence it intends to use during trial with the defense.The language in the current law requires that “the prosecutor shall disclose to the defendant and make available” the information it has gathered. However, there is no actual timetable given. This loophole has long been exploited by prosecutors. According to Brian DeSesa, who handles criminal law cases for the Adam Miller Group on the East End, the lack of a specific timeframe often results in a long delay from prosecutors in turning over evidence. This can lead to a defendant, particularly one who is in custody, to make a plea-bargained deal that might not be in his or her best interest. “You’re making a deal without knowing all the relevant facts,” DeSesa said.The new law governing discovery is quite different. It requires it be done “as soon as practicable but not later than 15 calendar days after the defendant’s arraignment.”“The DA’s office must now work diligently to locate things such as medical records in an assault case, or any notes the arresting officer may have,” said Melissa Aguanno, a criminal law attorney with Edward Burke Jr. & Associates, another local firm. As with DeSesa, Aguanno previously worked as a prosecuting attorney.The problem for district attorneys across the state is the complexity and diversity of the materials it is required to share. Suffolk County DA Tim Sini has created a new Intake Bureau of assistant district attorneys whose sole job is to marshal together all relevant items for sharing within 15 days. That bureau operates around the clock. Sini has estimated implementing the reforms will ultimately result in a 10-percent increase in his department’s spending.The county budget passed in November included funding for 47 new positions within the DA’s office.County executive Steve Bellone’s proposed budget contained the following statement: “The State of New York provided no funding for the implementation of the new laws, even though it mandates the provision of additional services and imposes substantial new administrative burdens related to discovery and the new accelerated time limitations. The County must bear the financial burden of the new mandates.”Cumberbatch, who spoke December 9 with The Independent regarding the reforms, said “The funding issue is tricky. We can’t dismiss the money concerns that are raised across the state.” However, he added, “We can’t dismiss the need for reform.”Cumberbatch pointed out that some district attorney’s offices in the state have been practicing early discovery for years, such as in Brooklyn, where they have what is known as an “open file” discovery system. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, in written testimony presented to a New York State Senate’s Codes Committee hearing on the new laws in September, wrote, “We embrace the new discovery law, but we — just like the other offices — need the resources to implement it.”The entire criminal justice system needs to be digitalized, Cumberbatch opined. In Suffolk County, he said, the DA deals with a couple dozen law enforcement agencies. Currently, he said, “They don’t have data bases talking to each other.” That will have to change under the new laws.Cumberbatch said that when it comes to financing, the three main areas of reform coming — that is, bail, discovery, and the right to a speedy trial — need to be seen as integrated. Currently, the system is clogged with low-level offenders who simply cannot make bail. “You are stuck in a jail cell at taxpayers’ expense,” heexplained.“Pre-trial reform saves money in the criminal justice system,” said Cumberbatch. The system, he said, “will have more reserves to invest in the more serious cases.”But, the question of funding continues to be brought up by those implementing the changes. One place the money is not coming from is the state. On November 6, Governor Cuomo told the New York Post, “I think they’ve gotten additional funding, and they’re getting additional funding, so no, I don’t think they need more funding.”[email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Advising traditional procurement: Have I really been negligent?

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Arsenal in rapid transfer work – Airport, player arrives for medical,…

first_imgGlobo Esporte, a major Brazilian sports outlet, were bringing the news, and they said the Gunners were in talks with Flamengo for the central defender. Not only that, Arsenal were said to have made a proposal and there was a ‘good chance’ of the move happening.The only thing thought to be endangering a transfer was the lack of time left in the Premier League transfer window.Well, Edu sorted that.Arsenal’s technical director was already in Brazil, and some hours after the initial report he was pictured with Mari at the airport, ahead of a flight to London.Brazilian journalist Renan Moura says Mari arrives today in England for his medical and to arrange the details on his transfer to Mikel Arteta’s club.Moura also has a screenshot of Mari telling a friend, via WhatsApp, that he’s moving. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Late on Friday, very late, we brought you news about Arsenal being in negotiations to sign Pablo Mari.center_img Flamengo are already in the market for a replacement.last_img read more